Exactly 3 years ago I was sitting in my first apartment ever, eating ice cream for dinner, and finally realizing that I was miserable.
I’ve told this story several times.
But if you’re new here, I’ll give a brief overview right now.
Up until that point, I had no idea.
I was clueless about my misery.
And it was like I ran into a brick wall and I could finally see my life and my emotions for what they were.
And at that moment, I decided to take action to create a better life for myself.
I’ve got to say, I don’t think a lot of people would have done that.
There wasn’t any time for thinking.
There wasn’t any time to stay stuck in my comfort zone.
Once I realized there was a problem, I knew that I had to fix it.
So I bought my domain and started TheContentBug.
And now we’re here!
3 years later and I’m laying in bed writing this blog post at 9 o’clock at night.
If you know me personally, then you know that I’m typically trying to fall asleep at this point.
I’m more of a morning person than a night owl.
But I wanted to write this blog post to reflect back on the past 3 years and think about what’s going to happen in the next 3 years.
Honestly, when I started this little blog, I didn’t know where it was going to take me.
Deep down I knew that I could be successful.
And truthfully, I’ve been more afraid of success than of failure.
But when I started this thing, I really didn’t know what I was doing.
I didn’t know where I wanted it to take me, what my big picture plans were, or even who my target audience was.
To say the least, TCB has come a long way over the past 3 years.
But it wasn’t easy.
The first 2 years of my blog were filled with struggle after struggle.
Well, I guess you could say that the first 2 and a half years were filled with struggles.
And honestly, I’m still struggling with certain things!
But it wasn’t until this year that things finally started to click.
I finally started to see the results I was dreaming of.
I had the opportunities presented to me that I’ve been envisioning.
And things are really starting to take off!
But when I was just getting started, and I consider that my first few years, things were a mess!
I mean, I didn’t know who my target audience was.
I didn’t really know my purpose behind my blog. I just wanted to create a career for myself that would allow freedom.
To be able to actually live and enjoy life without dreading Monday morning.
But little did I know that starting this blog would actually bring me to some of the toughest years of my life.
Here’s the thing: growing a blog isn’t as easy as other bloggers make it seem.
In my first few months, I loved reading posts from other successful bloggers sharing their tips or their income reports.
And I would think to myself: “I’m going to be so successful in a matter of months! Making 6 figures in no time.”
News flash: I’m still not making 6 figures… and I’ve been blogging for 3 years now.
Choosing this career was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
But it also put me on a path to struggle with my image, my worth, my identity, and my financials, more than I could have ever imagined.
When I decided to write this post celebrating 3 years, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say.
I didn’t want to continue to tell my story over and over again because there are several other blog posts on here that share it.
So I thought about sharing the top lessons I’ve learned.
Memories that I have that no one else knows about.
Maybe even spilling some secrets that I never thought I would share.
But instead, I just wanted to keep it simple.
This marks 3 years.
3 years of working hard. Of questioning my work, whether I was good enough, and whether I deserved this.
3 years of dreaming big.
And most importantly, never giving up.
In the next 3 years, all I can hope for is to still be chasing my passion and my dream.
I hope that I can impact even more people.
Share positivity and light to those who need it the most.
And help more people to realize that this life is what you make it!
You may see this blog as a place filled with digital marketing knowledge.
But deep down, my message is so much more than that!
Every piece of content that I create is a small part of a bigger picture to truly impact the world.
If you’re a new blogger reading this or someone who is just starting their journey, my biggest hope for you is that you don’t give up.
That you refuse to throw in the towel when things get hard.
That no matter what, you push forward because you can see the bigger picture.
This career path isn’t easy.
It’s not always going to be rainbows and butterflies.
And you’re not going to be making millions from the very beginning.
It takes time to build your empire.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
So don’t expect overnight success because that’s not a thing.
Work hard. Stick with it. And success will come.
Cathrin (Cath) creates content that encourages bloggers & online entrepreneurs to be themselves, chase their passion, and create their success online. 1 year after started her blog (TheContentBug.com), Cath left her full-time position working in the digital marketing industry to pursue her dreams of being her own boss. In weekly blog posts, sporadic YouTube videos, and constant talking on Instagram stories, Cath hopes to spread her story and be an inspiration to others who desperately want to change their lives.